Laser cutting is a process where a material is cut, and this can be for small & fine materials or materials with a much greater level of thickness. Laser cutting simply involves the use of a focused laser beam to cut a wide-range of materials to a high-level of accuracy and repeatability. The laser beam can easily be programmed to precision cut a diverse range of thicknesses and materials (e.g. metals brass, tungsten, steel and copper, etc.), gemstones, ceramics, graphic composites, silicon and plastics).
Laser cutting has a number of application areas, particularly in industrial manufacturing where a higher output is required but is also used in schools, Aerospace the military and in small businesses. Laser cutting is used in a wide range of industries such as cutting stents in the medical industry, cutting parts to shape in manufacturing and industrial settings, cutting silicon for solar cells and semi-conductors as well as cutting of gems for use in the jewellery industry.
Once a Fiber Laser has been used to cut, organisations will never revert back to traditional techniques. These are often much slower, involve costly tooling charges, can struggle to cut very thick materials and often entail lengthy process set-up times. Laser cutting processes also typically consume much less power than traditional cutting techniques, so could be a bona fide part of reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint.